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Detritivore - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 271
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 90
Gots: 64 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: markgugs on 07-08-2014

Detritivore was made by adding the same cherries that were used to make Montmorency vs. Balaton to fresh beer in stainless steel and allowing the combined beer and fruit to referment to dryness. This was the same technique that we originally used to make La Vie en Rose with the raspberries from Atrial Rubicite. As with La Vie en Rose, the second refermentation of the fruit results in subtler, more delicate flavors, as compared with the more intense flavors that result from the initial refermentation.

Detritivore is fermented using native yeast and bacteria from the Texas Hill Country, but is not spontaneously fermented, as our brewers actively introduce our house blend of saccharomyces, native wild yeast, and souring bacteria to the wort, rather than relying on inoculation by ambient, airborne microorganisms. We brewed 100% spontaneously fermented beer both last winter and the previous winter, but all of this beer is currently aging in oak barrels and has yet to be released.
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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 271
Reviews by LittleDon:
Photo of LittleDon
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a wine glass at the Jester King brewery, 12 oz. pour. Hazy, red, with little head. The smell is very muted with no hint of cherries. The flavor is a very different story. Dry and light bodied with a strong cherry presence and low acidity. Enough malt to keep the fruit from overwhelming the flavor. Well carbonated. A perfect summer beer. (348 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.22/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Medium white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Light cherry. Lightly acidic. Not a very exciting aroma.

Taste - Cherries. Kinda sweet. Citrus tartness. Lingering cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Meh. A little muddled in flavor. Never quite materializes into a good beer. (381 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As the beer suggests, the remnants of MvB, but still quite an amazing beer in of itself. Medium cherries, ton of carbonation, slight funk, a grainy saison malt quality, a dry finish. Refreshing, balanced, and fruity.

Just like La Vie en Rose, an underrated brew. MvB and Atrial get tons of hype, but their more accessible children are almost as amazing. (354 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

With the indigenous taste of the region, Jester King's happy microbiotia is at it again, churning away at those malt and fruit sugars to provide a vernacular farmhouse ale that speaks to Belgium and Texas.

Detritivore captures a tangy fruit and spice balanced aroma that swirls above a sprite and lively golden-amber body beneath, acting as much like champagne as of ale. Earthy wafts of oak, soil, must and pepper link up with zesty lime, dry cider, green cherry and white grape aromas and flavors. Its skim sweetness is lightly of wheat and pilsner malt.

Short with sweetness, the effervescent ale thwarts its grain sugars and bready textures quickly in order to favor dry and tangy fruit over the middle. Those added cherries lead the way with their own distintive robust flavor and tart acidity. But the yeasty sourness of lemon, lime, cider and chardonnay gives the beer a racy bite while weathered oak, brine, damp sod and leather offers a backdrop of earthen complexity.

Dry in finish, the medium-light farmhouse ale carries a stern carbonic bite that ensures a clean and refreshed palate. Its thirst-stripping tang enlivens the tastebuds and allows for a high rate of drinkability. Sourness lifts quickly but a quick echo of wheat pierce through the light must for new adventures with every sip. (1,306 characters)

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Detritivore from Jester King Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.